July Virtual Press Briefing: Electron Renaissance: A Rebirth of Invention in the Energy Space

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A whole suite of new technologies is headed for the electric space in an Electron Renaissance. Within the next decade, these new technologies will begin to he felt —some with major impact.

The United States Energy Association will take a hard look at these upending developments at its next virtual press briefing on Wednesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. EDT.

The format for these monthly press conferences on the air is simple: A panel of senior journalists interviews a panel of experts in a collegial atmosphere. The object is to disseminate knowledge to the media and the public. While we aim to give reporters something they can write that day, we also seek to inform them for future articles. The briefings are free, open to the public, and viewers may submit questions. They are organized and hosted by veteran writer and broadcaster Llewellyn King. Mark Menezes, USEA president and CEO, and former DOE deputy secretary, welcomes participants and is on hand to add his expertise.

These are the critical, evolving areas which will be examined at the briefing:

  • Many battery varieties which are about to make an impact.
  • Fusion companies which have collectively secured nearly $6.2 billion in private funding, along with additional grants from governments, and which hope to ship their first commercial reactors within a decade.
  • New connectors which look to transform the grid.
  • New ways of using natural gas without traditional carbon-releasing combustion.
  • Small modular reactors which are about ready for deployment.
  • Power electronics.

The experts to date are:

  • Charles Bayless, Director, TS Conductor
  • John Howes, Principal, Redland Energy Group
  • Andrew Holland, CEO, Fusion Industry Association
  • Arvin Ganesan, CEO, Fourth Power
  • Alan Ahn, Deputy Director for Nuclear, Third Way
  • Ashley Smith, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, AES Corporation
  • Akash Patel, CFO, NET Power

The reporters to date are:

  • Jennifer Hiller, The Wall Street Journal
  • Ken Silverstein, Forbes
  • Peter Behr, E&E News
  • Markham Hislop, Energi (Canada)
  • K Kaufmann, RTO Insider 
  • Matt Chester, Energy Central


Llewellyn King

Creator, Executive Producer & Host
White House Chronicle

John Howes

Redland Energy Group

Charles Bayless

Former CEO of Illinova Corporation and Tucson Electric Power

Jennifer Hiller

The Wall Street Journal

Ken Silverstein

Senior Contributor

Peter Behr

E&E News

Matt Chester

Energy Central

K Kaufmann

RTO Insider

Markham Hislop

Publisher and Journalist
Energi Media

Andrew Holland

Chief Executive Officer
Fusion Industry Association

Arvin Ganesan

Chief Executive Officer
Fourth Power

Alan Ahn

Deputy Director for Nuclear
Third Way

Ashley Smith

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Akash Patel

Chief Financial Officer
NET Power